Pipeline deal brings Denver’s south suburbs closer to new water supply

Denver Business Journal, By Cathy Proctor
October 30, 2014

Denver Water and other water utilities in the city’s southern suburbs have reached a critical agreement over a pipeline that will carry renewable surface water to the growing communities, reducing their reliance on shrinking groundwater sources.

The agreement is the purchase of a 10-year-old, 20-mile pipeline, called the Western Waterline, which runs from a point near Smoky Hill Road and E-470 east and south to a point near University Boulevard, which is near a major Denver Water pipeline.

The pipeline, owned by the East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District, can carry 38 million gallons per day.

Denver Water and the South Metro Water Supply Authority, which represents more than a dozen water utilities in the southern edges of the metro area, on Oct. 21 agreed to pay $34 million to buy the pipeline from the East Cherry Creek Valley district.

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